Is autistic masking a bad thing? Autistic masking is when an autistic person masks or camouflages their autistic behaviours in order to fit in with non autistic or neurotypical people.
Many autistic people learn to mask at a young age. They realise that the way they behave is perceived as strange or unacceptable by their peers and adults around them. So they attempt to hide their autism.
In this video I’m talking about what autistic masking is, and how it impacts autistic people’s mental and physical health. I’m also offering some strategies for autistic people who like to work on unmasking.
Here is an article I wrote about masking not long after I found out that I am autistic.